Understanding the underlying concepts and themes behind the film/TV-show and its different interpretations. Not to be used for direct plot discussions.

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Stanley Kubrick's The Shining : Clue

Recently, I was watching (for the millionth time) Stanley Kubrik's The Shining. One of my favourite scene is the first meeting between Jack Torrance and Lloyd. At the beginning of that scene, we see ...
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Why don't we get to see all the 7 lightning strikes?

In The Curious Case of Benjamin Button the eponymous protagonist grows up in a nursing home where he meets Mr. Daws, a man who claims to have been "struck by lightning 7 times". In fact it's a ...
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What happened to the last of the sins in Se7en?

I have watched Se7en and followed Gluttony, Greed, Sloth and Lust. But I couldn't place the events of the other sins: Envy, Wrath and Pride. Please provide some light on these. I am really ...
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The Anti-Christ in the Name of the Rose

I thought The Name of the Rose was intriguing and fascinating (the sound effects, the location, the costumes, and the characters). What I don't understand, however, is that the anti-christ was ...
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12 Monkeys: Season 1, Episode 3

When James Cole tells Cassandra that he might see her in Haiti she replies: "Okay, well, when you're there, you do me a favor, and you stay away from me. Got it?" Why did she say that? She was wrong ...
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How did Hugo not lose weight while on the island?

Has always wondered, in Lost series, the "big" guy by name Hugo did not seem to be losing any weight while on the island. This seems rather impossible considering the drastic change in the amount of ...
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What is the significance of floor 7 1/2?

Being John Malkovich is based on Craig Schwartz (John Cusack), an unemployed puppeteer, discovering a portal in his office at LesterCorp which transports the person in it into the mind of John ...
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What is the significance of the Vichy Water scene at the end of Casablanca?

At the end of Casablanca, we see Captain Renault open a bottle of Vichy water: He pours himself a glass of it, before binning the rest of the bottle. Given the prominence of the label and the ...
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What is the significance of a man sitting on the train engine in the last scene of “Live and Let Die”?

In "Live and Let Die", after Bond throws Tee Hee Johnson from the train window at the very end of the movie, and returns to Solitair, we see an image of smiling Baron Samedi sitting on the train ...
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What happens to Jen when she jumps off the cliff?

What happens to Zhang ziyi (Jen) in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon when she jumps off the cliff .. she dies? becomes immortal? Just before jumping what does she want Lo to become - a master? Why does ...
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What is the moral about 'The pit' in Batman?

In the movie The Dark Knights Rises there is a scene called 'the pit'. What is the moral of the story? Is it that one has to have courage to get out of the pit without using the rope?
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Does the Film Drive Have a Cameo from the star of Maniac Cop

The Film Drive has the Below image: Is this an uncredited Cameo from Laurene Landon, the star of the Maniac cop films? It looks like her, and Refn has gone on record as saying he is a fan of those ...
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What is the deal with Walt's hat?

In Breaking Bad Walt seems to always put on his hat when he gets into the Heisenberg mind set/character. Is this the hat's sole purpose or is there a deeper meaning/connection to something else?
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Is Django bullet-proof or immortal?

In the Movie, Django Unchained, there is a part where Django is in a big gunfight in Candy's House, he stands up and pulls his coat off and it looks like bullets fall to the ground, couldn't quite ...
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How does one interpret the plot wrap-up of Beasts of No Nation?

I recently saw Beasts of No Nation and I think it's a great movie be it fictional. Although I was quite intrigued by the ending I am unsure how to interpret it. My initial reaction was to read the ...
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What is the significance of the Blacklist numbers?

The Blacklist is A list I've been cultivating for over 20 years. — Reddington, The Blacklist, S1E1 "The Pilot" The first subject on the list that Reddington tells the FBI about, is #52, ...
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Why is Wilfred a fan of Matt Damon?

In the US version of Wilfred it is established right at the beginning and a recurring theme that Wilfred is a big fan of Matt Damon, yet I don't think it is ever explained why. Furthermore the 1st ...
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In Dragon Ball Z if Androids and Cell are stronger than Frieza, then how does the physics make sense?

In the Frieza Saga of DBZ, when the Ginyu Force attacks Goku, he's sooo fast that it looks like he's absorbing all the attacks, but actually moving so quickly that it's barely noticeable, and we're ...
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What is the meaning of Teddy's memories of Dachau?

During his visit on Shutter Island Marshal Teddy Daniels repeatedly has traumatic memories of the liberation of the KZ Dachau during his service in WWII, where he saw the piles of corpses, let an ...
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Did anyone understand the ending of “Zodiac”?

I get most of Zodiac but it's the ending I don't get. Anyone that can explain what happened in a way I could understand would be great. At the end (I can't remember their names) the guy who's ...
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Why is the base of Snoopy's dog house hidden when it flies?

Throughout The Peanuts Movie (2015), the base/bottom of Snoopy's dog house is never shown when he flies. It is outside the screen or hidden by another object. For example, like this: Or like this: ...
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Is this a genre, a plot template or something else?

I've stumbled upon (and watched) a number of films that share many things: Divergent, The Maze Runner, The Giver and so on (I will add as I recall othrs that I've seen and from comments). These ...
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Significance of Charlie's tattoo in the Lost series

In the Lost series, a young guy named Charlie has a tattoo on his arm that reads "Living is easy with eyes closed". Does it carry any significance within the series or is it a real actor's tattoo?
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Why is Aronofsky's Pi not Pi?

In Darren Aronofsky's famous and mysterious film "Pi" there are many mathematical secrets. My question is about one of them. When the film begins one can see the digits of the number Pi. But here ...
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Symbols of Borgman

I've read that Borgman is full of Biblical symbols. Not being well educated in this area, I am lookong for someone to explain the symbols appearing in Borgman to me.
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What did Charlie's aunt do?

I just watched the new movie with Emma Watson, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower". The central theme of the movie is the relationship between Charlie and his aunt. He has been traumatized by her ...
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How much influence did the animated Lord of the Rings movie from 1978 have on Peter Jackson's trilogy?

I wonder how much the previous movie treatment of The Lord of the Rings -- in the form of Ralph Bakshi's great (albeit unfinished) animated version from 1978 -- had any kind of influence on Peter ...
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What does “Ex Machina” mean?

The name of the British sci-fi movie "Ex Machina", what exactly does it mean? Is there any relationship to the famous game series "Deus Ex"?
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Is there a common origin to those blue background TV commercials?

I've seen a number of these in my many years of watching TV since at least the 1990s. These are commercials for some random mail order product, and right before the ad ends, the screen cuts to ...
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Why don't Marty's parents ever mention how similar he looks to the Marty of 1955?

Although Marty is only in 1955 for one week, he plays a pivotal role in getting his parents together. He even briefly dates his mother. So, considering he plays such a pivotal role, does it make sense ...
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Understanding racial messages in The Hateful Eight

I have just seen Quentin Tarantino's latest film, The Hateful Eight. From this Vulture interview: Hateful Eight uses the Civil War as a backdrop, sort of like how The Good, the Bad and the Ugly ...
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Why does Frank peel off the labels from bottles and things?

Catch Me If You Can's fictionalized version of Frank W. Abagnale Jr. uses to peel off labels from things. While in certain cases this is part of his check frauds (especially the Pan Am labels), he ...
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What was the symbolism behind pushing “The Button” in Lost?

Everyone who watched the Lost series could appreciate the amount of symbolism that the directors have put in. However, I could never understand what was the true symbolism behind pushing the button ...
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What is the significance of the “fly scene”?

I have already consulted the original "fly scene" thread about this, but it doesn't exactly answer my question. I'm asking about the "fly scene" that comes in season five of Breaking Bad when Walt is ...
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Significance of the painting behind M in the restaurant

Skyfall made prominent use of paintings, especially paintings of ships, to visualize James Bond's and MI6's state, as previosly discussed. Given this, I couldn't help but notice that its successor ...
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Does 12 Angry Men point to the bad jury selection system of the US at the time?

Considering that the jurors almost sentenced an 18 year old to death based on vague evidence and considering their poor deliberance abilities that they showed with the remarks, does 12 Angry Men ...
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How does Clarice know “Jack Gordon” was actually the real Buffalo Bill?

In The Silence of the Lambs, Mr. Crawford told Agent Starling the subject's name is Jamie Gumb, also known as John Grant and traced out the place of the subject. But she went to Jack Gordon's house. ...
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In Fargo, why is the 180° rule broken during this scene?

In episode 3 of Fargo, titled "A Muddy Road", the 180° rule is broken during this particular scene, at about 43 minutes into the episode (according to HULU). I couldn't find a clip of the scene ...
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In allegorical sense what does the mad dog represent in “To Kill a Mockingbird”?

I cannot understand this particular moment in the movie. What does it represent for the story and how is it connected to the storyline? It appears to me that it's outside of context. Maybe I missed ...
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The “narrator” of a movie

Question Do theorists of cinema use the concept of "narrator" in the sense of the hypothetical person presenting the movie, and if yes who are some of the famous ones and what are the works in which ...
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Is the Babadook symbolic of the dead father?

In The Babadook, the monster wears clothes similar to those we find out the father wore, in fact the mother was scared to see his clothes hanging against the wall in one scene, mistaking him for the ...
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What is the significance of the color red in “Rebel Without a Cause”?

I recently watched Rebel Without a Cause for the first time and I couldn't help but notice the very intentional use of the color red. Specifically, red seemed to be reserved for the three high school ...
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Is Ferris Bueller's Day Off intentionally inspired by Blues Brothers?

I saw Blues Brothers (1980) for the first time last night and I couldn't help but see many parallels between it and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986). Both plots feature an adventure in the city of ...
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90s Prostitute reference in Law & Order: SVU

Episode 4 in season 1 of Law & Order: SVU is about a policeman that kills prostitutes, and one night he killed a woman that was in good health and had good nutrition, and the mortician referred to ...
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Why does “The Force Awakens” use an image language associated with national socialism for the First Order?

The scene when the First Order fires their weapon the first time in Star Wars: The Force Awakens uses an image language which clearly references the national socialism in Germany during World War 2, ...
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Are the parallels between AI and Slavery intentional?

While watching Ex Machina it occurred to me that the robots could be replaced with human slaves and the plot lines could be essentially unchanged. Here are some of the examples for the parallels: ...
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What was with Ron Perlman's character's nose obsession in Cronos?

In Guillermo del Toro's 1993 Bi-lingual first film, Cronos, Ron Perlman's character Angel has an obsession with his own nose. He plans on getting rhinoplasty, and is seen in every scene doing ...
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Whose portrait hangs on the wall in the movie “The Godfather Part I”?

In the scene where Clemenza and Tessio ask to split off from the Corleones and form their own family, whose portrait can be seen hanging on the wall behind Vito? . And why did the director choose ...
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What does the symbol V stand for in the movie V for Vendetta?

Yesterday one of my friend asked me the question what the V symbol in V for Vendetta stands for. I never thought about it before. Does V stand for a group or just the name of the main character? Does ...
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Why was Michael Myers credited as “The Shape” in the first 2 Halloween films?

In the original Halloween (1976), Nick Castle as Michael (in the mask) is credited as The Shape: The other credits; Michael age 6 is the shot at the start of the movie when his parents take off his ...